Ayodhya Verdict: Parties Hail Order, Hope SC Will Do Justice Now

The BJP has described the Supreme Court's stay on Allahabad High Court's verdict on Ayodhya title suit as a "vindication of its long claims of absolute ownership". The Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav saw a "marked pro-minority tilt" in it while a cautious Congress tried a downplay the issue hoping that both communities would honour the 'historic verdict'.

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AYODHYA: The BJP has described the Supreme Court's stay on Allahabad High Court's verdict on Ayodhya title suit as a "vindication of its long claims of absolute ownership". The Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav saw a "marked pro-minority tilt" in it while a cautious Congress tried a downplay the issue hoping that both communities would honour the 'historic verdict'.

Mulayam said he was satisfied with the order and the observation that none of the parties to the title suit had sought division of the disputed land. He hoped that the apex court would now "do full justice".

BJP MP Kalraj Mishra said the judgment was a "big respite for the Hindu cause". He said the BJP had always ruled out any the possibility of division of the Ayodhya land. "This is what the court has now ordered. The judgment has given us a fresh hope that the final victory would uphold our claim."

In Ayodhya, Nirmohi Akhara head priest and the oldest litigant in dispute from the Hindu side, Mahant Bhaskar Das, looked pleased. "I am extremely happy over the Supreme Court's decision," Das said. "We are not and never were in favour of division of the land. The judgment has given us new hope."

Nirmohi Akhara counsel, Ranjit Lal, said there was an overwhelming sense of relief. "All parties were expected to submit the proposals for partition by May 20 in the high court, which seemed to be an extremely daunting and complicated," he said. "We were in a quandary as the Akhara is claiming absolute rights over the disputed area. The order is more than welcome."

Triloki Nath Pandey, the litigant in the case as Ram Lalla Virajman's friend, echoed him. "The order couldn't have come at a better time," he said. He said it would prevent many complications.

"The court order has provided us with fresh impetus to expedite the out-of-court settlement process," said Mahant Gyandas, former head of the All India Akhada Parishad.

Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the title suit, and a co-author of the out-of-court peace formula along with Gyandas, welcomed the apex court's judgment. "It is a community issue to be tackled outside the adalat."

Times of India